Coroner releases names of man, woman killed in murder-suicide

UPDATE: Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury this morning identified the married couple that died Friday as a result of a murder suicide.

Salisbury said Devon Williams, 32, stabbed 31-year-old Lesha Williams and then stabbed himself.


HUGER -- A married couple died Friday from stab wounds in what authorities said was a murder-suicide.

The names of the deceased have not been released, pending notification of family members.

Berkeley County Sheriff's Office spokesman Dan Moon said authorities found the woman stabbed to death in a home on Berk Road when they arrived just after noon.

The man was found alive but bleeding badly and died after being taken to a hospital.

The couple sustained wounds in a confrontation that began with an argument, County Coroner Bill Salisbury said.

"We are calling it a homicide-suicide, with the homicide victim being the woman," Salisbury said.

He said a knife believed to have been used to make all the wounds has been recovered.

The couple lived in a nearby home and not the one where the fatal wounds were inflicted, Salisbury said. He said the home where the stabbings took place is the residence of the couple's relatives. The home is on a dirt road that connects to S.C. Highway 41 at the edge of Francis Marion National Forest.

Moon said late in the afternoon that investigators were still working the scene. He said investigators determined that there were no suspects to pursue.

"We believe that the only people involved were the two who are deceased," he said.

Moon said someone reportedly flagged down a car near the highway to report the incident to the Sheriff's Office.